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Announcing D. A. Powell as 17th Poulin Prize judge

With the 17th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize just around the corner, we are thrilled to announce that renowned poet D. A. Powell will judge this year’s contest. BOA will accept first-book poetry manuscripts for the prize from August 1 - November 30, 2017.

D. A. Powell is the author of five collections, including Useless Landscape, Or A Guide for Boys, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. Powell’s most recent book is Repast: Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails, a reissue of his first three collections with an introduction by novelist David Leavitt.

Writing for the New York Times, book critic Stephen Burt said of Powell, "No accessible poet of his generation is half as original, and no poet as original is this accessible."

Powell’s honors include the Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry, the Shelley Memorial Prize, and an Arts & Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. A former Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University, Powell has taught at Stanford, Columbia, University of Texas at Austin, University of Iowa’s Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Davidson College. He is currently a professor at the University of San Francisco and lives in San Francisco, CA.

Named in honor of the late founder of BOA Editions, the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize is an annual contest to identify, celebrate, and publish a first book by a poet of unique literary talent. The winner of the 17th annual prize will receive a $1,000 honorarium and book publication by BOA Editions, Ltd., in spring 2019 as part of the A. Poulin, Jr. New Poets of America Series. D. A. Powell will select the winner (to be announced in the spring of 2018) and will write a foreword to introduce the prize-winning collection.

Click here for complete contest guidelines and instructions on how to submit via post or Submittable.

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